It was surrounded by canoes from around the world for the Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge.
The event was the organization’s way of thanking all those who helped support Hokulea’s journey.
The voyaging canoe docked right outside the UN and crew members met with leaders from across the globe, including U.N. Secretary-General Ban…
The idea behind the Billion Oyster Project might be translated to Hawaiian waters.
The ceremony included a beautiful exchange between Hawaiian culture and Native American culture.
“… I’ll just tell you, I’m scared,” said Hokulea Captain Nainoa Thompson.
Schools superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi will take them with her to New York next Wednesday.
The crew’s arrival is expected Tuesday.
The celebration showcased how much Aloha Spirit there is in Washington, D.C.
Hawai’i’s congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and congressman Mark Takai were also there to witness the arrival.
Chants, songs and dances were performed and gifts exchanged.
Hokule’a should reach Tangier by mid-morning Monday and will stay until Wednesday.
Hokule’a will be arriving in Washington, D.C. around May 18, then on to arrival in New York Harbor June 5.
The canoe left Honolua Bay, Maui, on May 1, 1976, to Tahiti.
The canoe will also be part of a new program reaching into classrooms.
Nainoa Thompson says late astronaut Lacy Veach actually planted the seed for Hokulea to sail around the world.
The crew plied through central Florida, 132 natutical miles on the manmade Okeechobee waterway.
Also on board at departure was JD Bowers, a first-time crew member and a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
The crew and Hokule’a are scheduled to depart Cuba for Key West, Florida on Tuesday.